On the evening of November 1st, our Chicago Chapter kicked off a month of nationwide celebrations with our first annual Blissful Wishes Ball! We are happy to report that the evening was a huge success, and of course it would not have been possible without the generous donations of our sponsors. The night included silent auctions, a cocktail hour, a delicious multiple course seated dinner and of course some fun PhotoBooth action and dancing!
We were honored to have two emcees for the evening – Dana Kozlov, the co-host of CBS2 Chicago and Dan Bernstein from The Score. From Dana, ““I was as honored to co-host the first Wish Upon a Wedding Gala as I was to cover the chapter’s first wedding. The Gala was fabulous and a wonderful way to ensure the chapter’s wishes continue.” The pair did a wonderful job of hosting the evening and graciously announced the winner of our Shining Star Award – Kurt Gerber of Gerber + Scarpelli
The beautiful Millennium Knickerbocker ballroom was outfitted with silver chameleon chairs, and teal bengaline linens mixed with citron lamour napkins that showcased our Wish Upon a Wedding colors. Tall centerpieces with hundreds of green mini dendrobium orchids were styled and organized by The Meetinghouse Companies. In between dancing to the Larry King Orchestra and enjoying signature cocktails, guests enjoyed snapping photos in the ShutterBooth who has been both a Sponsor and a Wish Granter to our chapter. Cheryl Bama from ShutterBooth said, “”Being a wish granter for Wish Upon A Wedding has been a life changing and humbling experience. We were honored to have the opportunity to celebrate with Beth & Nick and bring some laughter and memories to their wedding day. It’s been inspiring to see the Chicago wedding community come together to sponsor and support this mission and we are proud to be a supporter in any way we can!”
Overall we raised a total of $35,000 and had an amazing time, both in celebrating those who have so graciously donated to our chapter and raising money for this great organization! Beth Bernstein from SQN Events, a Wish Granter for our Chapter, summed it up best when she said, ““I have attended — and planned — many, many fundraising galas over the years and I can honestly say that I have never experienced a community coming together with more passion, energy and commitment than I did at the Wish Upon a Wedding Blissful Wishes Ball.”
A sincere “thank you” to all of our amazing supporters who made this night one to remember!